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    Silicon: After the chip, another revolution?

    Another interesting article from the BBC.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-28600802

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    Re: Silicon: After the chip, another revolution?

    I noticed a solar panel the other day that just looked like a normal slate on the roof. In North America most homes use shingles which have a life of no more than 40 years. So that makes it possible that the next time you need to replace the roof you could like do it with all solar panels. The only thing then to consider is how robust these would be to storm damage.

    I used to be in touch with a company that was building wind power units for the home and camping. Not sure what happened to them but they hoped to get the price and size down to the point where you could use them to power your camp site for lighting and a stove and would also recharge your cell phone but also as an emergency backup for the home if you got a power cut.

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    Re: Silicon: After the chip, another revolution?

    Quote Originally Posted by Alastair View Post
    I noticed a solar panel the other day that just looked like a normal slate on the roof. In North America most homes use shingles which have a life of no more than 40 years. So that makes it possible that the next time you need to replace the roof you could like do it with all solar panels. The only thing then to consider is how robust these would be to storm damage.

    I used to be in touch with a company that was building wind power units for the home and camping. Not sure what happened to them but they hoped to get the price and size down to the point where you could use them to power your camp site for lighting and a stove and would also recharge your cell phone but also as an emergency backup for the home if you got a power cut.

    Alastair
    Well solar power is pretty effective.. Even I have installed these panels and have got satisfactory outcomes..

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    Re: Silicon: After the chip, another revolution?

    One has to be aware that solar panels on roofs, can have strength loss of the roof structure in serious weather conditions.

    In the UK we do not think of tornados, but we now have to think again.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england...shire-29542740

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-29505801

    Not that my above comments re solar panels are connected with the video (which I hope work for all).

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    Re: Silicon: After the chip, another revolution?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ranald View Post
    One has to be aware that solar panels on roofs, can have strength loss of the roof structure in serious weather conditions.

    In the UK we do not think of tornados, but we now have to think again.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england...shire-29542740

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-29505801

    Not that my above comments re solar panels are connected with the video (which I hope work for all).


    Ranald
    You are right we need to find some solution for better use of these pan

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    Hi, Ranald....Your first link did not work for me. However, the second one did, in regard to N. Ireland, etc.

    Cheers...
    Joan

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    Re: Silicon: After the chip, another revolution?

    Ranald,
    Great articles, all links worked for me OK.\\

    Gordon.

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